Almost Never Boring…

and often easily amused

The Not-so Far Side… 28 February 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Nerdiness,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 22:20

One of my favorite cartoons ever is The Far Side, by Gary Larson.  For many years, I purchased the daily desktop calendar and always looked forward to my daily Far Side chuckle.  I often saved the pages, and would send them to friends when I ran across one I thought they would especially appreciate.  When they stopped producing the daily desktop calendar, I was heartbroken!  Okay… so I wasn’t heartbroken, but I *was* supremely disappointed.  You can imagine my excitement when I learned that Gary Larson was publishing a special edition this year in support of a wildlife conservation charity whose name escapes me at the moment.  This year, life is good, because I, once again, have a reason to get up in the morning.  That’s probably enough melodrama for one post, so on with the story…

When yesterday’s episode was revealed, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as it brought to mind an especially funny memory from my days at HU

Far Side Idiots

My freshman year at HU, I was a pre-med major, and had to take a two-part “general chemistry” course required of most all freshman science majors.  Included in the course requirements was a weekly chemistry lab where were were able to see what we were learning in action. 

Approximately midway through the second semester, we had a lab called the “ten test tube experiment.”    A week before lab, we were given a list of ten different solutions – Sodium Chloride, Hydrogen Chloride, Ammonia and seven others that I have forgotten sometime during the last nine years.  We were told to put together a chart listing identifying characteristics of each, and also how each of the solutions would react with each other (generate heat, give off smoke, precipitates, no reaction, etc.).  When we arrived for the lab, we were given a set of ten test tubes, and were given a specific amount of time (I think an hour and a half, or so) to figure out which test tube held which solution.  Our grade for the lab was based not only on properly identifying the ten solutions, but also on how long it took us to identify them.

Now, in my lab, there was a student named Zac Smart.  He was one of those people who is book-smart, but who is a few bricks short of a load in the common sense department.  He did some really stupid stuff in the name of science, causing some folks to call him Zac “not so” Smart behind his back.  This particular lab was one of those times…

Zac wanted to finish the experiment as quickly as possible in hopes of getting a better grade, so he devised a “shortcut” to help narrow things down from the get-go.  Two of the ten solutions we had to identify were acids.  Zac decided that the quickest way to determine which of the solutions were acids would be to place a couple drops of each of the ten solutions on his arm.  His reasoning was that the two that burned would be the acids.  Problem was, Zac didn’t realize jut how much those acids would burn.  Soon after he placed the solutions on his arm, his arm began to smoke, and the rest of the folks in lab started pointing and hollering.  Skippy, our poor lab assistant, was in shock, but he quickly snapped out of it and remembering his lab safety training, rushed Zac over to the wash station for chemical spills. 

 I don’t recall if Zac was allowed to complete the lab after his little “shortcut.”  However, I do remember that the story of “the stupid freshman who put acid on his arm and burned it” quickly spread amongst the science majors, and soon it was all over campus.  The burns weren’t too big, maybe dime-sized, but boy did they look nasty.  Poor Zac got so sick and tired of people asking to see his burns, and he would snap at anyone who ared to ask.  Zac transferred to another school after that semester, but his escapade forever changed the instructions for the ten test tube experiment.. 

 

Weird dream… 18 February 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 22:55

So, last week I had a really weird dream…  I dreamed that while I was home in Missouri, visiting my family over Christmas, I received an engagement ring in the mail.  It was a beautiful ring – large (prob 1.5 ct minimum), deep blue, oval sapphire set sideways and surrounded by diamonds.  The envelope had a return address, but no name.  I remember that in my dream I did a reverse address search, but that the address was unlisted.  I also remember that the guy lived in a Texas city with a name that started with a C.  In my dream I was confused as to the origin of the ring, and why someone would send it to me, though I instinctively knew it was an engagment ring, so I’m pretty sure I wasn’t dating anyone when I received the ring.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share that with y’all…  And if any of you happen to know an attractive, financially stable, emotionally mature, single guy with a well-developed sense of humor and a love for racquetball who lives in Texas in a city beginning with a C…  Well, I’d appreciate it if you’d pass along my contact info.  *laughs*  Thanks!

 

Verizon Math… 17 February 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Nerdiness,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 21:13

So, I was being lazy last night checking out some links from my favorite blogs…  I don’t remember where I found this one, but it’s hilarious – http://verizonmath.blogspot.com

Story goes like this…  Dude named George has an unlimited data plan on his cell phone in the US and called up Verizon to find out what the rates were in Canada b/c he was going to take a trip there.  They told him “.002 cents per kB”  he had him make a note on his account of the rate b/c he wanted to cover his butt in case of problems, then proceeded to go to Canada and use his phone accordingly, using about 37,000kb of data.  When he got back, he had a bill for $71 and change when it should have only been $0.71, according to the rate he was quoted. 

 The dude called up Verizon to complain, and talked to mulitiple call center reps and managers.  All of them insisted that he was charged the correct rate because “.002 dollars is the same as .002 cents.”  You can check out the phone call on YouTube and there is also a transcript on the blog.  I promise that they’re worth reading/listening to.  But just in case you need some additional convincing, check out some of the highlights:

George: Okay, is there a difference between 2 dollars and 2 cents?
Verizon Supervisor #1: Well, yeah, sir..
G: Well okay, is it.. is there a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents?
VS1: .002 dollars and .002 cents.
G: Yes, is there a difference between..
VS1: Sir, sir, they’re.. they’re both the same if you, if you look at ’em on paper-wise

They go on like this for a while, with George getting nowhere with this poor mathematically challenged supervisor dude, so he is eventually passed on up to the floor supervisor.

G: [big sigh] Okay, I think I have to do this again. Do you recognize that there’s a difference between one dollar and one cent?
Verizon Supervisor #2: Definitely.
G: Do you recognize there’s a difference between half a dollar and half a cent?
VS2: Definitely
G: Then, do you therefore recognize there’s a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents
VS2:  No.
G: No?
VS2: I mean there’s… there’s no .002 dollars.

And it goes on, and on, and on like that about how to just put it in a calculator, and he keeps trying to convince her that they are forgetting that they are working in cents not dollars, and she keeps saying that .002 dollars is the same as .002 cents…  And then this comes near the very end…

VS2: We’re not quoting .002 dollars, we’re quoting .002 *cents*
G: Ah, God.. Honestly.
VS2: I mean the computer is calculating the, the figure here…
G: I know it is, it’s… it’s a terminology issue…
VS2: …and we are calculating the figure here, and we’re all coming up with the same thing – except for you.
G: .002 cents is different than .002 dollars. I’m being charged .002 dollars per kilobyte. .002 dollars is one tenth of one… I mean, two tenths of one cent.
VS2: Okay, well, I mean it’s obviously a difference of opinion…
G: It’s not opinion! This is.. this is..
VS2: …the amount that you’re billed for the data usage is entirely correct.

And just in case you’re wondering, after taking this to some higher ups, he did eventually get reimbursed appropriately…

Here are the links, again, in case you have a hard time seeing them in the text…
Transcript: http://verizonmath.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcription-jt.html
YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gp0HyxQv97Q

 

so funny 11 February 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Nerdiness,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 22:28

This is dedicated to all of my programmer friends – who are the only ones who will truly understand the hilarity of the following… 

 If you enjoyed the above, there’s more amusement to be found at http://xkcd.com  😀

 

I *heart* Netflix 10 February 2007

Filed under: Randomness — laughinglaura @ 23:14

I love my Netflix subscription.  It’s so easy to use, and the variety of movies available is amazing.  I am definitely addicted – I’m on the two at a time, unlimited, plan, and I have 232 movies in my queue.  It’s gonna take me ages to get through all those…  I’m hoping that the watch it now feature will be enabled on my account soon.  I’ve heard that some folks I know already have it *pouts*

 Anyway, now for the purpose of this post.  I was recently introduced to the “friends” feature, which is pretty cool.  Sadly, though, I currently only have one Netflix friend.  😦  So, if you Netflix, feel free to add me using the following link:  http://www.netflix.com/BeMyFriend/P9vAS62B7PgRsEpPI1iP